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October 26, 2009
Tilera leads the "many-core" era, opening up new possibilities in networking, multimedia, wireless and cloud computing
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 26 -- Tilera Corporation today announced its new TILE-Gx family -- four new processors from Tilera including the world's first 100-core processor: the TILE-Gx100. The TILE-Gx100 offers the highest performance of any microprocessor yet announced by a factor of four. Moreover, the entire TILE-Gx family raises the bar for performance-per-watt to new levels with ten times better compute efficiency compared to Intel's next generation Westmere processor. And Tilera has simplified many-core programming with its breakthrough Multicore Development Environment (MDE) together with a growing ecosystem of operating system and software partners to enable rapid product deployment.
The TILE-Gx family -- available with 16, 36, 64 and 100 cores -- employs Tilera's unique architecture that scales well beyond the core count of traditional microprocessors. Tilera's two-dimensional iMesh interconnect eliminates the need for an on-chip bus and its Dynamic Distributed Cache (DDC) system allows each cores' local cache to be shared coherently across the entire chip. These two key technologies enable the TILE Architecture performance to scale linearly with the number of cores on the chip -- a feat that is currently unmatched.
"The launch of the TILE-Gx family, including the world's first 100-core microprocessor, ushers in a new era of many-core processing. We believe this next generation of high-core count, ultra high-performance chips will open completely new computing possibilities," said Omid Tahernia, Tilera's CEO. "Customers will be able to replace an entire board presently using a dozen or more chips with just one of our TILE-Gx processors, greatly simplifying the system architecture and resulting in reduced cost, power consumption, and PC board area. This is truly a remarkable technology achievement."
Leading the Evolution to Many-Core
Tilera's breakthroughs in scalable multicore computing are changing the model of computing. Many-core processors enable a wide range of new opportunities including:
"At various points in microprocessor history there have been breakthroughs that have enabled significant advances in computing, such as when the barrier of single-core clock speed was overcome by the introduction of multicore," said Sergis Mushell, principal research analyst, Gartner. "Cloud computing and virtualization have ushered in a new era of processing power optimization and utilization, which has accelerated the roadmaps for multicore architectures and changed the paradigm from a clock frequency discussion of the past to a new discussion about number of cores and core optimization."
About the TILE-Gx Processor Family
The TILE-Gx family, fabricated in TSMC's 40 nanometer process, operates at up to 1.5 GHz with power consumption ranging from 10 to 55 watts. Like the TILE and TILEPro processors, the TILE-Gx family incorporates many cores on a single chip together with integrated memory controllers and a rich set of I/O. However the TILE-Gx device also brings together a number of new features to maximize application performance while offering the best performance-per-watt in the industry. Some of the technology highlights include:
Target Markets and Availability
The TILE-Gx processor family is ideal for a wide range of markets including enterprise networking, cloud computing, multimedia and wireless infrastructure, with the TILE-Gx16 targeting more cost-sensitive applications and the TILE-Gx100 targeting performance applications. The TILE-Gx36 processor will be sampling in Q4 of 2010 with the other processors rolling out in the following two quarters.
Tilera Sponsors EE Times Many-Core Virtual Conference
Join Tilera for the EE Times Many-Core virtual conference on Oct. 28, 2009, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern to hear panelists from Tilera and other companies speak about the impending shift to many-core. Tilera will be hosting a premier booth where it will provide further details on the TILE-Gx family and answer any questions you may have. Register at: www.eetimes.com/manycore/
Tilera Corporation is the industry leader in highly scalable general purpose multicore processors for networking, wireless, and multimedia infrastructure applications. Tilera's processors are based on its breakthrough iMesh architecture that scales to hundreds of RISC-based cores on a single chip. The distributed nature, of Tilera's revolutionary architecture, and the standards-based tools, including ANSI C/C++ compiler, GNU tools and Eclipse IDE, deliver an unprecedented combination of performance, power efficiency and programming flexibility. Tilera was founded in October 2004, and now provides two product families: TILE64 processors and TILEPro processors. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with locations in Westborough, Mass., Shanghai, and Beijing.
Source: Tilera Corp.
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